§ Order of the Day for the Third Reading read.
§ LORD JESSEL
My Lords, before I formally move the Third Reading of this Bill, I should like, with your Lordships' permission, to say a word on behalf of the noble Lord, Lord Chorley, who is unable to be present here to-day Your Lordships may recollect that on the Committee stage of the Bill the noble Lord threatened to put down on this stage of the Bill a redrafted Amendment to Clause 1. He has asked me to say that he has not put down this Amendment, not because he in any way abandons the principle behind his Amendment but in order to save your Lordships' time. He has also asked me to say that if, at any stage during the discussions on this Bill, he appeared to criticise the banks, that was not his intention; he thinks they have behaved with perfect propriety throughout, and they have in no way sought the protection conferred upon them by this Bill. My Lords, I beg to move that this Bill be now read a third time.
§ Moved, That the Bill be now read 3a.—(Lord Jessel.)
§ On Question, Bill read 3a, and passed.